Exhibitions

Present and past exhibits that have historical value and lingering interest for a Paris visitor

Inspiring Comtesse Greffulhe at Galliera

Grefflhe Galliera image

The Comtesse Greffulhe did not follow fashion, she dictated fashion for all in Paris society to follow. She inspired Marcel Proust and fashion designers. Until March 20, 2016, Palais Galliera, Musée de la Mode, is displaying Comtesse Greffulhe’s wardrobe collection “La Mode retrouvée” (Finding lost fashion). The collection moves to New York’s Museum at FIT in September 2016 under the title “Proust’s Muse”. As with most women who are “clothes horses” ….

Artist, Beauford Delaney Exhibit in Paris

Beauford Delaney exhibition in Paris - groupings of some of his works. Exhibit in 2016 Wells International Foundation

The works of Beauford Delaney, a figurative, abstract expressionist, i.e., modernist painter, are being shown in the first solo exhibition since 1992. The exhibit, Beauford Delaney: Resonance of Form and Vibration of Color, opens February 3 with a Vernissage in Paris in the Grande Salle at Columbia Global Centers Europe at Reid Hall (Columbia University’s Paris facility), 4 Rue de Chevreuse, 75006 Paris, Metro: Vavin line 4. Any questions or want an invitation to the vernissage……

A Century of Working Women-3 Paris Exhibits

2 posters for Qui a Peur des femmes photographes and Splendeurs et Misères

Constrained by social norms or cultural tradition, women working outside the home in the mid to late 1800s walked a fine line when wanting to earn a living. Three Paris exhibitions follow the working life of women for almost a century from 1839 to 1945. All three are exploring subjects assembled for the first time. “Qui a peur des femmes photographes” (until January 24, 2016) is the first gender-based exhibition in France and “Splendeurs et Misères, Images de la prostitution 1850-1910” (until January 17, 2016) “Splendeurs…” is the first time a museum is dedicating an entire exhibition to prostitution. Within this article you will find a synopsis of the three exhibits, links to YouTube videos with English subtitles, download links to publications in English, books in English available and visiting information.

Vigée Le Brun Retrospective at Grand Palais

Maternal Tenderness (1786) Salon 1787 one of three paintings shown at the salon exulting the joys of motherhood, reflecting the new spirit of the time, fashionable to express sentimentalism.

“Only in painting have I found happiness” … Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun. This is the first French retrospective for this portraitist. One hundred fifty-nine works are on view until January 11, 2016 at the Grand Palais. You will be mesmerized by the moist, glinting eyes that look at you. One of the best times to visit avoiding lines and crowds is Friday around 5:30 pm. In her portraits, I see an artist who painted impressionism, fashion, motherly tenderness and narrative art. Although not the first to paint teeth showing or expressive eyes, Madame Le Brun did have an expressive talent for naturalness. For her education….

Global Chocolate at Paris Salon du Chocolat

Willie's Cacao Salon du Chocolat 2015

On opening day, I entered the Salon du Chocolat while the afternoon sun was shining. The colorful packaging struck my eyes brightly! Entering the trade show on the second level, I was swept up globally and landed in Brazil. After doing a tasting I bought three squares of various Brazilian chocolates from Mendoá: café, ginger and 80% with cocoa feves with in my first ten minutes on site. I had to watch that my cravings did not get near my purse… My taste buds were set to seek out the unusual in this year’s Salon du Chocolat. By the time I left this vast array of packaging three hours later, the sun had set. I was not craving chocolate any longer, but the pavilion did look like one big box of chocolate…

Pierre Cardin’s Permanent Paris Museum

Pierre Cardin goes to his studio everyday, continues working with his stylists and leaves a notebook next to his bed to make notes and drawings…. In 2014 the fashion designer told his closest assistant and former apprentice, Renée Taponier, that just in case no one pays homage to his legacy of work after he passes on, he might as well do it himself. He opened a museum on rue Saint Merri. What a collection! This visit opened a new world for me about someone who I thought just designed men’s suits and the Beatles collarless jackets. Ingenuity and a view to the future with no pang of nostalgia are alive and well at the Museum Pierre Cardin.

Paris Fashion Week Different Views

Valentino pre-show invitees, Tuileries Ephémère, Paris

When you live in Paris, it seems that every couple of months they are speaking about “Fashion Week”. The three reasons for this are: Haute Couture, Ready to Wear and Men’s Fashions. Two more reasons are Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter.Paris Fashion Week happens so often need to keep up with the schedule from Mode à Paris (Fédération Française de la Couture du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode). Find out when and how …The Mode à Paris calendar drops hints….